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WAC 392-400-710

Student reengagement after long-term suspension or expulsion.

(1) Reengagement meeting. When a school district administers a long-term suspension or expulsion, the district must convene a reengagement meeting with the student and parents to discuss a plan to reengage the student. Before convening a reengagement meeting, a school district must communicate with the student and parents to schedule the meeting time and location. The reengagement meeting must occur:
(a) Within twenty calendar days of the start of the student's long-term suspension or expulsion, but no later than five calendar days before the student returns to school; or
(b) As soon as reasonably possible, if the student or parents request a prompt reengagement meeting.
(2) Reengagement plan. The school district must collaborate with the student and parents to develop a culturally sensitive and culturally responsive reengagement plan tailored to the student's individual circumstances to support the student in successfully returning to school. In developing a reengagement plan, the school district must consider:
(a) The nature and circumstances of the incident that led to the student's suspension or expulsion;
(b) As appropriate, students' cultural histories and contexts, family cultural norms and values, community resources, and community and parent outreach;
(c) Shortening the length of time that the student is suspended or expelled;
(d) Providing academic and nonacademic supports that aid in the student's academic success and keep the student engaged and on track to graduate; and
(e) Supporting the student, parents, or school personnel in taking action to remedy the circumstances that resulted in the suspension or expulsion and preventing similar circumstances from recurring.
(3) Documentation. The school district must document the reengagement plan and provide a copy of the plan to the student and parents.
(4) Language assistance. The school district must ensure that the reengagement meeting and plan are in a language the student and parents understand, which may require language assistance for students and parents with limited-English proficiency under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
(5) Student and parent rights. Reengagement meetings do not replace an appeal hearing under WAC 392-400-465 or a petition for readmission.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.600.015, 28A.600.020 and 28A.600.010 through 28A.600.022, 28A.320.211. WSR 18-16-081, ยง 392-400-710, filed 7/30/18, effective 8/31/18.]
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